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7 nabbed over 400kg fish

THE Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) in Namwala has apprehended seven people for alleged possession of over 400kgs of fish in contravention of the annual fishing ban.
Namwala district commissioner Gevar Nsanzya said in an interview yesterday that the seven suspects, aged between 20 and 30, were apprehended last Monday at a security checkpoint mounted on the Choma-Namwala road.
Government, through the Department of Fisheries, effected an annual fishing ban from December 1 last year to February 28 this year.
“Six women and a man from Katoshi fishing camp in Namwala were on Monday found in possession of 450 kilogrammes of fish. The contraband was confiscated by Department of Fisheries and ZAWA officers at a security checkpoint and seven suspects were nabbed while others bolted and abandoned their fish upon noticing the officers,” Mr Nsanzya said.
He said the suspects were released on police bond and are scheduled to appear in court today.
Mr Nsanzya appealed to fishermen in Namwala to adhere to the annual fishing ban or face the wrath of the law.
“This development is very unfortunate, it is negatively affecting fish production. I appeal to people to adhere to the fishing ban because it is for their own good…fishing during the ban will consequently result into less catch if the fish is not allowed to breed,” he said.

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